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The Bulldogs travel to Philadelphia this Friday to take on the Penn Quakers at Franklin Field.  You can watch the game on ESPNU on Friday at 7 PM ET.

Penn enters the contest with a 4-1 record (1-1 Ivy) after a close victory over Columbia last week.  Columbia was driving downfield in the waning minutes and looked like they would be able to kick a field goal to send the game into overtime, but an errant pass was picked off by Penn sealing Priore’s victory over his mentor.  Penn opened the season with impressive victories over Bucknell and Lehigh before dropping their Ivy opener to Dartmouth 37-14.  The Quakers bounced back from the Dartmouth loss to defeat Sacred Heart 31-27 and Columbia 13-10.

Sophomore Ryan Glover is a dual-threat quarterback who has completed 59% of his passes this season.  Glover is averaging 159 yards passing per game and 44 yards rushing per game.  Karekin Brooks is the top threat out of the backfield and has had an excellent season so far averaging 107 rushing yards per game with 7 total touchdowns.  Abe Willows is a solid change-of-pace back with 4.7 yards per attempt.  Senior wideouts Steve Farrell and Christian Pearson are Glover’s favorite targets, but no receiver has over 200 receiving yards to date.  Penn’s offensive line has only surrendered 2 sacks all season.  The offense has really struggled to convert on third and fourth downs.  The Quakers have converted on only 30% of third downs and have not converted a fourth down in four attempts.  Penn becomes much more efficient in the red zone as they have scored points in 16 of 20 situations with 13 of those scores being touchdowns.

Penn always has a stingy defense and this year is no exception.  They have allowed just 312 total offensive yards per game while limiting rushers to 2.9 yards per attempt.  First Team All-Ivy linebacker Nick Miller leads the Quakers defense with 48 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses, 3 sacks and a forced fumble.  Senior defensive lineman Cooper Gardner has 4 sacks on the season while speedy defensive end Benji Mowatt has 3.5 sacks.  Penn’s strong pass rush has made it difficult for opposing teams to exploit the secondary.

On special teams, Penn has made 6 of 10 field goals and averages 38 yards per punt.

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